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As Venezuela's crisis deepens, cardinal urges order, care for common good

February 17, 2016

As Venezuela threatens to slip into chaos, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas has issued an urgent call to his people to "fight for the defense of life of all people, to promote the common good, leaving aisde personal interests or interests related to their party, and to work for the promotion of a better life, especially for the poorest."

The cardinal's message, released on the first Sunday of Lent, was addressed to the Catholic faithful and the entire community. He called upon political leaders to show enough "wisdom, strength, and courage" to enforce the laws, bringing an end to rioting, vandalism, and gang violence. He noted that the country was suffering from "crime without criminals"-- a reference to the acts of intimidation that have gone unpunished.

The people of Venezuela are suffering not only from a severe economic crisis, but also from "the weakness of the courts to punish crims and offenses, and the inability of the authorities to solve the horror of overcrowded prisons." He called upon the public to reject "violence and hatred, corruption, waste, and laziness."

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